In so many beauties of Rhodes, the castles, the beautiful settlements, the dazzling beaches and the atmosphere that goes back to the knights' era, the Valley of the Butterflies stands out for its exceptional natural beauty and of course its winged "inhabitants".
Located near the village of Theologos, on the northwest side of the island, it is one of the rare habitats of Europe. The area is the summer refuge of the Rhodes butterfly called the Butterfly or Quadripunctaria butterfly. In the impressive Valley, conditions are ideal for breeding butterflies, which pass through lush vegetation and abundant running water, in summer.
The Pelican River, which flows through the Valley, creates striking natural formations that highlight the beauty of the landscape: ponds, streams, small waterfalls. All this framed by plenty of greenery in the area thrives on a rare species of plane tree that favors attracting butterflies, as a substance in its bark acts as a magnet.
Browse the beautiful valley and stop at the Natural History Museum and the Kalopetra Monastery to enjoy the view from above.
And remember that the butterfly population is being tested and endangered by a number of factors, most notably humans. Unfortunately, what is obvious to some is that visiting a habitat does not disturb but respect the animals, for others it is not...